Cry Havoc!

  • by Nelson D. Lankford
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In early March 1861, civil war loomed. By late April, Americans had begun to kill their fellow citizens. Cry Havoc! recounts in riveting detail the events that divided the states and reveals how quirks of timing, character, and place all conspired to transform the nation into a battlefield. Nelson Lankford chronicles the eight critical weeks that began with Lincoln's inauguration through the explosion at Fort Sumpter and the president's fateful response to it. Before Fort Sumpter, the balance could have tipped in favor of a peaceful resolution. But the groundswell of patriotic fervor that followed convulsed the political and military landscape in ways unimaginable just weeks before. This book addresses the many might-have-beens, both familiar and lesser known. What if Lincoln had shown restraint over Fort Sumter? What if he had delayed the proclamation calling for troops? Could wavering unionists in the upper South have held the line? A must-read for all who wish to understand the birth of the modern United States of America, Cry Havoc! probes the fateful series of events and analyzes each of the failed possibilities that hindsight affords.


Audible Editor Reviews

Civil war junkies will thrill to hear this unusual audiobook, which takes a unique tack in examining the events which led two regions of the United States to take arms against each other in 1861. In Cry Havoc! Nelson D. Lankford tracks the country's path to civil war over the course of two months, asking the whole way what could have gone differently - how the war could have changed, or even been avoided, if small and large decisions both had been altered even slightly amidst the heat of prewar patriotic sentiment.
Voice actor Michael Prichard does justice to Lankford's vivid prose in his strong performance, his rough voice driving home the what-ifs that define this compelling work of historical speculation.


What the Critics Say

"Might-have-beens haunt this absorbing study of the opening act of the Civil War....A lucid, often dramatic account." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good book, poor narrator

This book would be better read than listened to. There are parallels to our own time, but the narration is so stiff and poorly down that it is a difficult listen.
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- Ellen

Great Book

This was a very good book overviewing the causes of the civil war. I am a beginner civil war buff. The book was easy to listen to and to follow.
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- Barbara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio